Seven color screen printed poster by Owen Davey. 18"x24" on 100# French White
Made in USA. Frame Not Included. 5% of purchase donated to The National Park Service.
About Dry Tortugas In 1825 Spain sold Florida to the United States and the Dry Tortugas Islands were to be used as a military stronghold. In 1846 construction began on Fort Jefferson, but all work came to a halt in 1860 with the building half done. The fort was then used as a prison and a coaling station for U.S. Navy ships. In 1935 President Franklin Roosevelt designated the area as Fort Jefferson National Monument.
The seven islands that make up the Dry Tortugas Islands are 68 miles Key West and lay claim to the least disturbed reefs in the Florida Keys. The Dry Tortugas is classified as having a subtropical – tropical ecosystem as a home to over 200 species of bird and a bevy of sea life in the well-preserved coastal reefs.
The islands were named when, in 1513, Ponce de León first saw the islands, and referred to them as the “Tortugas” (turtles) after capturing almost two hundred sea turtles in their waters. The island surfaces lack fresh water, making them “Dry.”